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Charlie Checks the Boxes

By on 7.17.14 | 9:48PM

Charlie Crist, most recently and currently of the Democratic Party, has chosen a running mate in his likely race against incumbent Republican Florida governor Rick Scott. She is Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, chairwomanperson of the Miami-Dade County Democratic Party.

Taddeo-Goldstein operates her own translation business. Her place on the ticket, assuming, as is likely, Crist defeats life-time Democrat Nan Rich in the August primary, ticks several political boxes. She is a popular Hispanic woman in a Democrat-rich county that Crist must win big in order to have a chance against Scott.

Because Scott is not against ticking a few boxes himself, Florida will almost certainly still have a Hispanic lieutenant governor next year as Scott recently appointed former Miami-Dade property appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera to this essentially superfluous post. The job became available when Scott’s previous identity appointment, black woman Jennifer Carroll, did not work out and she resigned.  

It’s reasonable to wonder what former Florida legislator Rich thinks about Crist choosing a running mate before he has won the primary. Rich is a long shot, and trails Crist in the polls. But Crist has a history of blowing large leads.

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